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IBEW L.U. 1852
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So we get a service call a while back and the homeowner states that he is having problems getting the power to come back on. He tells me that he tried resetting the main twice and had no luck....the power was still out. I tell him he may have a bad main breaker.....the guy laughed and said it may be more serious and he wants to have it looked at ASAP.

I told him we don't usually do residential work but they guy says he is desperate and nobody else has the time to even look at it that week so I send a guy over.


This is what he finds.............





At least the dude had a sense of humor:laughing:
 

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IBEW L.U. 1852
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BTW....that melted puddle on the ground near the meter base used to be a kids toy.
 

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and did that seense of humor pay off for you?:whistling2:
 

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As near as I could tell one of the mains was loose in the meter socket.....on the line side. I couldn't turn the set screws on the other three to loosen the lugs off and pull that copper out but on one it fell out without turning the set screw at all.
 

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There are probably close up after pics somewhere. My guy just sent these to me via text message. We moved the service closer to the front corner of the house where the sheathing was still ok....cut the old melted aluminum siding away and installed one of those white vinyl meter mounting blocks. The insurance company sent in carpenters to rebuild that section of wall and re-side the house.
 

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Ahha se cable caught in The act.
:no: No SE crap here......all we use is steel mast for thru the roof and PVC sched 40 for the load side. The PVC is acceptable for a service stack as well provided it doesn't pass thru the roof and we can get the POA at least 15' above the ground.
 

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:no: No SE crap here......all we use is steel mast for thru the roof and PVC sched 40 for the load side. The PVC is acceptable for a service stack as well provided it doesn't pass thru the roof and we can get the POA at least 15' above the ground.
Good thing that you had that steel mast for that house. Really saved it from burning... :whistling2:
 

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Good thing that you had that steel mast for that house. Really saved it from burning... :whistling2:
That particular service did NOT have a steel mast. It was done about 25 yrs ago and the height requirement then for a POA was 12' above the ground. The original sparkies were able to do that with a PVC riser. I had to go to a steel mast because I had to break thru the roof in order to get the height above the ground.
 

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That particular service did NOT have a steel mast. It was done about 25 yrs ago and the height requirement then for a POA was 12' above the ground. The original sparkies were able to do that with a PVC riser. I had to go to a steel mast because I had to break thru the roof in order to get the height above the ground.
Ahha pvc conduit strikes again.
 
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